3. QB Nate Sudfeld
By all accounts Sudfeld had a good offseason. But, also by all accounts, he has not carried that into training camp consistently. Last Saturday's practice may have been the low point, just in (not ideal) time for the preseason opener.
The Lions turned over their quarterback depth chart behind Jared Goff late in the 2022 preseason, swapping out David Blough and Tim Boyle for Sudfeld after neither incumbent took the reigns of being Goff's backup during the preseason games. Sudfeld seems to be fading toward a similar fate, as the prospect of signing Teddy Bridgewater lingers, unless he can get thing turned around.
Update: Bridgewater has been signed, but he will not practice with the Lions until next week. So Sudfeld remains a player to watch this week.
Sudfeld will see a lot action during Friday night's game. But the work he gets against the Giants' defense and defensive coordinator "Wink" Martindale during the joint practice sessions will be iimportant too.
2. WR Dylan Drummond
Drummond has been one of the stars of Lions' training camp so far, stringing great days together and having some good moments against prominent Lions' defensive backs (see touchdown catch agaisnt Cameron Sutton).
Drummond is getting some national attention too, courtesy of Peter Schrager on Monday's edition of "Good Morning Football."
The switch to going against an opponent, be it in joint practice or now a looming preseason game, will be an important step for Drummond is his quest for a roster spot. Some nerves would be natural, but the Eastern Michigan product is playing with house money right now and eyes will be on him Tuesday and Wednesday.